Appointment of Freemen
At a Special meeting of the Council on Wednesday 6th of November, elected members ratified the appointment of Miss Betty Gull and Mr Bill Bowen.
This is in recognition of their very significant contribution to the community of Oswestry and for demonstrating "service above self".
Individuals from all walks of life and all sections of the community who have made a difference to Oswestry were eligible to be nominated as Honorary Freemen. Several nominations were received all of whom have given outstanding contribution to the town.
The Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor John Price, noted "It was a difficult decision for Council, being Freeman of your town is the highest honour that can be bestowed. Both individuals have made a significant, lifelong contribution to the community in a voluntary capacity".
Bill Bowen BEM has dedicated his time to helping others, whether this is through the Oswestry Lions Club, as a volunteer chaplain at the RJAH or with the Parish Church. Over many years Bill has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes. His nominator stated "Bill has given so much to the local community and to receive Freeman of Oswestry would be the community giving him something back - not that he would ever expect anything".
Betty Y Gull served as a Town Councillor for almost 40 years and was Mayor three times. As Chairman of Oswestry Borderland Tourism she has worked to ensure that Oswestry always had something to offer and was a welcoming place to visit. As Chairman of Oswestry in Bloom Miss Gull has overseen 15 Gold awards and can be often seen hands on, weeding and planting in the town centre. Her nominator added "She is a remarkable lady who loves Oswestry and who has given years to its service. I really do think she deserves the recognition for her efforts on Oswestry's behalf".